Hofstra gets state OKs on nursing programs

Dean Kathleen Gallo: A unique opportunity to redesign both medical and nursing education.

The New York State Department of Education has approved license-qualifying nurse practitioner programs to be offered by the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Beginning in September with an inaugural class of 30 students, the school will offer a three-year, part-time program leading to a master of science degree in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Family Nursing, with the goal of meeting the burgeoning need for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to deliver community-based health care.

“We have a unique opportunity to redesign both medical and nursing education in an inter-professional education curriculum that is different than any other in the New York area,” said Kathleen Gallo, the dean of the new graduate school, as well as Hofstra’s School of Health Professions and Human Services.

In addition to nursing, Hofstras two existing programs in Physician Assistant Studies – a dual degree program and a graduate program – will be housed in the new school. The Physician Assistant Studies graduate program is ranked 70th in the nation, according to the 2016 US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools report. The state also recently approved Hofstra’s graduate program in occupational therapy, which will be housed in the School of Health Professions and Human Services and also launch in September.

 The graduate nursing school builds on a ground-breaking partnership between Hofstra and North Shore-LIJ that began with the founding of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which graduated its first class in May.